School books put away, house tidied and vacuumed and a friend preparing the evening’s meal provided ample opportunity for finishing up a sweet little Advent project:  the O Antiphon House.

Many of you have already incorporated this tradition.  I had hoped to assemble one last year, but just never managed to get things together.  This year I’m preparing early and have been so blessed to find the necessary materials for most of my projects for very little cost.

The house itself was purchased at Michael’s.  Retail cost:  $5.99 + a 50% off coupon = roughly $3.00.  Wooden blocks:  ummm…borrowed…ahem…repurposed from the children’s block collection.  A shiny gold bit of scrapbooking cardstock:  79 cents.  Paints: purple and gold –  had those on hand and illustrations were done by hand using the website above and an ultrafine Sharpie marker in dark blue.  Total cost:  less than $5.00 and time invested:  about 2 hours.

The results:  delightful!  The children are quite excited, as we’ve been reading the Antiphons and accompanying prayers for years.  The O Antiphon House will provide a very nice visual for our prayers.  Here are few photos of the end result:

I’m so looking forward to finishing up school next week for our extended Advent/Christmas break. More time for projects and crafting…and no guilt!